Sligo Food Trail members embraced Fáilte Ireland’s innovative Taste the Island initiative with enthusiasm, with a remarkable 20+ events. The highlight of Taste the Island in Sligo was the Sligo Food Trail Harvest Feast with different chefs and producers working hand-in-hand to celebrate the best of food in sumptuous style with a 9-course tasting menu.

The night celebrated our talented chefs and producers, but also the impressive food scene that continues to thrive here in Sligo. We are delighted to launch this video which rounds up our 2019 Taste the Island calendar and thank all our members who took part, supported and collaborated to ensure Sligo’s Taste the Island was a success. We would also like to thank Fáilte Ireland for their funding support.

All we can say is – roll on Taste the Island 2020!

A look back at Sligo’s Taste the Island calendar… 

An array of Taste the Island events took place all over county Sligo town in restaurants and cafés, on beaches and shorelines, in forests and fields. Given Sligo’s location on the Wild Atlantic Way it’s unsurprising that seafood, shellfish and seaweed were common denominators of many events.

Award winning seafood chef Eithna O’Sullivan, renowned for using seaweed as an ingredient, hosted an introduction to cooking with seaweed at her restaurant Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore. Eithna also welcomed renowned Japanese chef Yumiko Matsui for Sligo Meets Sushi. Sweet Beat Café teamed up with Adventure Sligo for an Adventure Picnic. The inspiring day consisted of an energising cycle into the Gleniff Horseshoe, an uplifting yoga session and a plant based vegan picnic to finish. Continuing on the vegan theme, Hans and Gaby Wieland, Sligo Food Tours launched their Vegan Food Tour around Sligo. They also hosted a Wild Food Foraging event and a Fermentation experience where participants learned how fermentation works, the health benefits and how it is used to preserve food at Neantog Kitchen Garden School.

Lettuce and Loaves saw Tattie Hoaker Community Garden collaborate with Eithne’s by the Sea on a tour of their farm located at the foot of Benbulben. This was followed by a fabulous lunch at Eithne’s, which was created using the produce from the farm. Seaweed identification walks complete with tastings were led by seaweed queen Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, Irish Seaweed Kitchen  who hosted fun and educational walks at the seashore to discover the amazing world of edible seaweeds.

Coopershill House welcomed guests for a full weekend for A Taste of Coopershill, celebrating their own venison and garden produce. Temple House presented an impressive menu based on local, fresh produce at their Country House Diningexperience. Chef Yvonne Kathrein at Waterfront House Hotel hosted Sea The Taste, their own feast of local and artisan produce.

Learning was another important element of our calendar. Violet Hunter demonstrated traditional butter making as well as some contemporary versions like seaweed and wild garlic butter. She cooked local oysters farmed by her son Glenn, at Sligo Oyster Experience, creating a delicious all-local taste explosion. WB’s also hosted a Beekeeping, Honey Tasting and Candle Making Demonstration where people discovered how they can help protect bees and how to make their own candles. At Ósta Cafe & Wine Bar, Bríd Torrades presented An Irish Kaiseki Experience, a specially crafted and health-giving tasting menu using local wild and farmed ingredients from within a 100km radius. Coffee Cupping with Carrow Coffee was the final event for what was an exciting and impressive line-up of creative experiences that celebrated the Sligo food scene. Carrow Coffee was a suitable closing event as we launched our series of Meet the Maker video with their story in early September.

Our Taste the Island calendar was supported by year-round tours from Taste of Sligo Tours, Sligo Food Tours, Sligo Oyster Experience and Lough Gill Brewery Tours. These tours are brought to you by Sligo Food Trail members and invite you to discover new tastes and experience the culture and history of Sligo.

The Taste of Sligo Tours, brought to you by Anthony Gray, treats you to an array of tasty dishes from Sligo’s award-winning chefs. Sligo Food Tours is led by Gaby and Hans Wieland who have been producers of organic vegetables, sourdough breads and artisan farmhouse cheeses for more than 20 years. Delve into the history of oyster harvesting on the Wild Atlantic Way and try a selection of naked and dressed oysters with The Sligo Oyster Experience.  Or get a group together and enjoy a tasting of the many delicious beers on offer on the Lough Gill Craft Beer Tasting Tour brought to you by the Lough Gill Brewery.